The 'Million Dollar Decorators' Give You Free Advice
Kathryn Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Jeffrey Alan Marks tell you how to add summer style to your home.
After Million Dollar Decorators premieres (March 31 at 10/9 c), you're going to be itching to upgrade your pad. But you don't need a seven-figure budget to add summer style to your home. Before the show's premiere Kathryn Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Jeffrey Alan Marks gave us some tips on getting your home in seasonal shape.
Martyn seemed particularly inspired by he and Kathryn's homeland's traditions, such as the English's love of slipcovers.
"They would have summer slipcovers," Martyn said. "So rather than your kind of brown, velvet sofa for the winter, you'd have a beautiful linen fresh pale green or white or some beautiful summery color that you'd slipcover the furniture in for the summer."
Another tip from the motherland was pulling the rug out on your former style for the warmer months.
"A great thing, which I always do in my own home is have summer/winter rugs," Martyn said. "I roll up my oriental rugs in the summer and I lay down seagrass, which is actually fun and fresh and makes it feel more summery -- and is actually a really inexpensive fix because you can go to Pottery Barn and buy an 8 by 10 seagrass rug for 200 bucks."
Next, Jeffery recommended you take it outside -- when Bravo shows aren't on, of course.
"Why not do outdoor rooms for the summer?" Jeffrey urged. "Just temporary three-month structures that have a great life for the summer."
All the decorators lauded the idea of carving out a space to enjoy as much of the good weather as possible. And the gang agreed you didn't need anything more than cast-off furniture from your interiors.
"If you've got old furniture in your house, in your basement in, your storage, you can actually take that furniture, like real sofas, and have it upholstered in outdoor fabric and put it outside for the summer," said Martyn. "Because the fabric will hold up and for the three or four months it's outside and the interiors will hold up as well (just as long as you take it in during the winter months), you can create a real outdoor living space with real furniture."
While Martyn suggested Sunbrella or Perennials fabrics, Kathryn had other ideas.
"By the way, I was just going to add in that all my fabrics can also be fun for outdoors," the decorating maven mentioned.
Granted, she was saying so because she designed the fabrics specifically to weather well in the sun, letting the colors fade into even more beautiful designs, but we appreciate her ability to see her own talents.
Follow their advice, or take look at some of the phenomenal spaces they've already, created in our sneak peek photo gallery.